St. Vincent Volcanic Eruptions Expected to Continue

The Caribbean La Soufriere volcano will likely see further eruptions in the coming days according to experts.

La Soufriere erupted last Friday on the island of St. Vincent, following much speculation that an eruption was imminent due to seismic activity. The eruption has blanketed much of the island in ash and has forced over 16,000 residents to evacuate.

Emergency officials described the scene as a “battle zone.”

Smaller explosions and eruptions of ash have caused sweeping power outages and a disruption to the water supply according to officials on St. Vincent. 

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center released a statement, saying that, “explosions and accompanying ash fall, of similar or larger magnitude, are likely to occur over the next few days.” Experts from the University of the West Indies believe these future eruptions will continue to affect St. Vincent and nearby neighboring islands.

Emergency management organization Nemo took to Twitter saying, “Massive power outages following another explosive event at La Soufriere Volcano. Lightning, thunder and rumblings.” 

Nemo has compared this eruption to the one that took place in 1902, where La Soufriere erupted and killed over 1,000 people. The 1902 eruption is widely considered to be the worst St. Vincent has ever seen.

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